British Values

At Holy Trinity Church of England Academy, we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.

The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through daily collective worship and whole school systems and structures such as electing and running a successful School Council.

Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our active School Council. The elections of members of the School Council are based on pupil votes. New members are elected each academic year.
The Rule of Law:

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our Assertive Discipline system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of rules and if children are given a consequence, this is always set against the agreed set of rules.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, and that their purpose is to govern and protect us. They are taught to appreciate the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules and laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have adopted an Assertive Discipline Policy which is consistently followed throughout the school. We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for behaviour and general adherence to the school ethos and agreed rules at Holy Trinity.

Rewards are given in the form of stickers, house points, spoken praise, certificates and other special privileges throughout the year. Children’s achievements are also recognised during Celebration Worship which is held each week.
Individual Liberty:

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs.
Mutual Respect:

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Holy Trinity C of E Academy. Collective Worship is based on these Christian Values which are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

This is achieved through enhancing pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society. Pupils learn about other religions, including rules for living within Judaism and Islam. They develop an appreciation and respect for other sacred texts (Qu’ran and Torah) and places of worship (mosque and synagogue). Collective Worship and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. We use opportunities such as the Olympics and World Cup to study and learn about life and culture in countries such as Brazil.